Oral argument was held June 11 in the highly unusual case of Synthes USA HQ Inc. v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

  • The Attorney General faced skeptical questioning from the Commonwealth Court, with one judge suggesting that the Attorney General was “defeating,” rather than representing, the interests of the Department of Revenue.
  • Synthes involves the question of how receipts from services were required to be sourced in tax year 2011, before Pennsylvania’s legislative change to market-based sourcing in 2014.
  • Synthes, a Pennsylvania-based company, seeks a refund of tax pursuant to a market-based interpretation of Pennsylvania’s pre-2014 cost-of-performance (COP) statute.

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